10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

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I have been singing this song over and over in my spirit for several days.  It has also had its fair share of repeat on my iPod and I have really been pondering these words of the second verse,

“You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger Your name is great, and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.”

Truly God is far more merciful and patient with those bound in sin than we as Christians tend to portray Him.  Yes, He has limits but sometimes I wonder if we are too quick in saying it is over for either an individual or a nation when in God’s eyes, that may not be the case.  And because He is rich in love and slow to anger we can still sing a song of praise to our God in the midst of a society that has cast off moral restraint and is full of corruption and decay.
In Psalm 137 we read of the children of Israel who were led captive to Babylon and how they wept for all they had lost.  And to make matters worse, their captors ridiculed them and insisted they sing a song about Zion, or in other words sing about their God in a place where it looked as though He had abandoned them.  To which they replied,

Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land?
In pondering this passage of Scripture, it seems to me as though we are much like these Israelites of old in that as Christians, we are strangers in this world; just passing through.  And with wickedness and taunting ever increasing all around us we may wonder how it is possible to still sing the Lord’s song.  But God, in His goodness and great love, will give us His song in the night so that we may in turn offer it back to Him as a sacrifice of praise; a sweet savor to Him in the midst of great darkness in the land.

Psalm 42:8-11 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

“Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me Let me be singing when the evening comes.”

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